5 ways with macaroni cheese

These clever recipe twists on classic mac 'n' cheese will keep everyone happy. Add a dollop of pesto, blue cheese or even nachos for a pasta bake with bite...

Macaroni cheeses with knife and fork

Check out our five makeover macs. We've used our ultimate macaroni cheese recipe as a base, but omitted the topping and instead added our own unique flavour twists to this mighty pasta favourite. Each dish serves four and should be baked for 20 minutes.

Nacho mac and cheese in dishNacho cheese

This is one for fans of smoky spice. The nacho topping adds an addictive crunchy texture. Sweat a large sliced onion until soft, add 1 tbsp chipotle paste and a handful of roughly chopped jalapeños. Layer into your macaroni and top with 60g crushed tortilla chips before baking.


Go greenPesto mac and cheese in dish

Cheese and basil work together in perfect harmony in this comforting green bake. Add a dollop of fresh pesto and some baby spinach to your cheesy masterpiece. Stir 100g fresh pesto, 80g bag of baby spinach and 200g frozen peas through the cheese sauce before adding to the macaroni and baking.


 

Mushroom mac and cheese in dishGarlic mushroom & stilton

You know what a standard mac 'n' cheese needs? Even more cheese, plus a pile of buttery garlic mushrooms. Fry 250g chestnut mushrooms in butter with 2 cloves of crushed garlic until softened. Assemble with the mac 'n' cheese then dot over 100g stilton before baking.
 

Sausage, onion & mustardSausage mac and cheese in dish

This is sure to be a crowd-pleasing family favourite. Remove 6 pork sausages from their skins and fry until crisp then set aside. In the same pan, cook a sliced onion until caramelised. Stir 1 tbsp Dijon mustard into the cheese sauce then mix everything together and bake.

 

chorizo mac and cheese in dishChorizo, parsley & almond

Add some Spanish flavour with our chorizo mac topped with crisp, golden almonds. Fry 200g peeled and chopped chorizo until the oils have released, then stir through the cheese sauce. Mix together a small pack parsley, chopped, with 100g chopped almonds and sprinkle over the macaroni cheese before baking.

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jane911
14th May, 2017
These are inspiring. Thank you.
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